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Mrs. K

Mrs. K
Home Town: Beaverton, Oregon, USA
Living In: Henderson, Nevada, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2002
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
As the youngest of seven children growing up in Beaverton, Oregon, I was introduced to cooking at a very young age. Now in my late 40's, I have found that cooking- along with travel- are my life's passions. If I could incorporate the two for a living, I would do so in a heartbeat (I'm open to ideas and suggestions)! I am also a huge music and movie buff, and enjoy walking, biking and working out.
My favorite things to cook
Holiday cooking is fun for me, regardless of the holiday. It could be Christmas or the 4th of July; I like to try new recipes and create new traditions, as well as find ways to improve my families tried-and-true recipes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My husband and I love 'Roast Beast' on Christmas.
My cooking triumphs
Mastering the art of the Thanksgiving turkey in high school. My mother taught me very well! So much so that before my husband and I were married, my mother-in-law asked me to make the turkey for our first Thanksgiving dinner together as an extended family. I had to determine how long to cook it at my house in Portland before taking it out, securing it in foil and driving it to her house 45 miles away in Albany,Oregon and not have it be over cooked. It turned out so moist that we did it that way for several years running. Weird method, but it worked! You know, the first year I cooked one for just the two of us-I overcooked it!
My cooking tragedies
Completely destroying a nice prime rib on the grill by not watching it. Always watch the grill! And of course, the zillion batches of burnt-to-a-crisp cookies I got distracted from watching when I was a kid.
Recipe Reviews 161 reviews
Apple Pork Chops and Stuffing
Instead of using the canned apple pie filling, I sliced 2 peeled granny smith apples and 1 onion, sauteed them after browning the pork chops. I also added 1 mince clove of garlic, fresh rosemary, thyme and just a hint of cinnamon. I seasoned the pork chops with salt, pepper and garlic powder. I used Savory Herb Stovetop Stuffing and it was excellent! The fresh apples with the onion made it very flavorful without it being too sweet. My husband loved it. By using fresh ingredients instead of the canned apple pie filling, it was a very elegant dish. A keeper!

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 24, 2015
Hot Muffuletta Dip
This is excellent! I made this for Fat Tuesday last night and I can't say enough good things about this. I followed the recipe to a 'T' and was a little concerned it might be too salty, but it is so delicious and not at all too salty. Very savory and cheesy--yum! My husband loved it and said it was one of the best things I have ever made. Absolutely a keeper!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 18, 2015
Cranberry Sauce
I hate cranberry anything--especially canned cranberry sauce. Yuck! But this is the second year that I have made this recipe and it is so yummy. I used a 1/2 cup white sugar and 1/2 cup of brown sugar and added a splash of water to the orange juice. I cooked it for about 15 minutes and it thickened up perfectly. For a person who has never liked cranberry sauce--I love this. Excellent!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 24, 2014
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